Windows Phone 7.8 to hit in Q1 2013 ?

It’s been a hectic month for Microsoft with all their launches – Windows 8, Windows RT, Surface RT, Windows Phone 8 – Office 2013 hitting RTM, not to mention senior execs departing. However there’s still one product that needs to launch and we haven’t heard anything about it yet.

We’re talking about Windows Phone 7.8, the update that brings the new Start Screen and maybe a few other features, to the old Windows Phone 7 devices. While we still don’t actually know what will be bundled with this update we knew from the start it would come after the launch of Windows Phone 8 and the new devices that go with it.

Now that that has happened users are starting to wonder when this new update will hit. Unfortunately you still have to wait awhile as this isn’t very high on Microsoft’s priority list. Our best guess was that the update would launch somewhere in Q1 of 2013 and now Windows Phone Brazil seems to confirm that guess. 

They responded to a curious user on Twitter and stated that Windows Phone 7.8 is expected in Brazil in Q1 of next year. Of course there may be delays and different launch dates depending on region and carrier approval.

So depending on where you live you may still have a long time to wait before you finally see this update on your phone. And of course we'll first see it on new devices such the Lumia 510. On the other hand you can just grab one of the new Windows Phones that brings so much chocolaty goodness.

Via: WPCentral Source: WP Brasil (Twitter)

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This is fail on Microsoft part. The update should be now, this is going to hurt them in the long run... And as for the market for apps. I don't see a whole lot of new apps for 7.5 and again fail...

Microsoft is full of BS. My At&T Titan is a year old now and still has the version of the OS that came on it because At&t refuses to release any updates and fixes that Microsoft released at the beginning of 2012. I also have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus that is the same age my HTC Titan is, and it has seen 3 OS updates and a fourth one is on the way. It is time for Windows Phone 7.5 customers to accept the fact that we have been "CRAPPED ON" by Microsoft. They don't give a care about their customers who supported them with Windows Phone 7.5 to make Windows Phone 8 possible. All my phones will be Android purchase from now on along with my services. Microsoft can sit on my middle finger with their first quarter release BS!

JSYOUNG571 said,
Microsoft is full of BS. My At&T Titan is a year old now and still has the version of the OS that came on it because At&t refuses to release any updates and fixes that Microsoft released at the beginning of 2012. I also have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus that is the same age my HTC Titan is, and it has seen 3 OS updates and a fourth one is on the way. It is time for Windows Phone 7.5 customers to accept the fact that we have been "CRAPPED ON" by Microsoft. They don't give a care about their customers who supported them with Windows Phone 7.5 to make Windows Phone 8 possible. All my phones will be Android purchase from now on along with my services. Microsoft can sit on my middle finger with their first quarter release BS!

Good luck with going to/back to Android. After a few days of crap not working and seeing your first few FC screens, you will remember why WP7 is still a better OS than even the latest Android offering. WP8 is just whipped cream on the cake for a new generation of hardware, you haven't lost anything.

thenetavenger said,

Good luck with going to/back to Android. After a few days of crap not working and seeing your first few FC screens, you will remember why WP7 is still a better OS than even the latest Android offering. WP8 is just whipped cream on the cake for a new generation of hardware, you haven't lost anything.

Really??? Then explain to me why as of today, people who have new Windows Phone 8 cannot check the emails or calenders or nothing because of another bug in the OS? Windows Phone is far from Prime time.

7.8 Might be ultimately pointless for me if we are to get it in Q1 as I'm due an upgrade then, still not happy with the way this has been handled.

Not wanting to troll, but why update a dying platform? I hope they DO manage to release the update eventually and not cancel it later.

sanke1 said,
Not wanting to troll, but why update a dying platform? I hope they DO manage to release the update eventually and not cancel it later.

Too keep customers happy? To build brand loyalty? That kind of strategy might work for Android, but Microsoft wants to do a little better, even if it includes a little compromise.

sanke1 said,
Not wanting to troll, but why update a dying platform? I hope they DO manage to release the update eventually and not cancel it later.

For a company that NEVER drops backward compatibility, this had to have been a stressful decision. I'm sure 7.8 was viewed more as an attempt to keep customers happy with new features until they are out of contract and able to upgrade to a WP8 device.

sanke1 said,
Not wanting to troll, but why update a dying platform? I hope they DO manage to release the update eventually and not cancel it later.

No matter how many times you keep saying it, it doesnt make it true.

Fact is that some of the hardware partners are interested in the low-end market and are stil producing WP7 devices for it. WP7 got downgraded from mid-range to low-range but its very much alive. In many developing markets smartphones are the primary computer, they've used to email, surf and do other basic tasks at wifi spots. WP7 is perfect for this function as it is easy to understand and use.

On top of that apps developed for WP7 can be used on WP8, especially when WP7 apps can use the same new icon size and functionality via WP7.8. So developers who arent interested in W8/RT-crossplatform development can build apps for WP7/WP8 instead.

In other words there will stil be WP7 devices available and there will be software for it. Perhaps not in your country but there is good reason to provide this update. Last but not least, there are studies that show that most smartphone users rarely use apps. For them WP7 will remain as alive as it has ever been, even in western countries. Just a easy to use OS that will gain more functions via the 7.8 upgrade.

I'm in no rush. windows phone 8 is just an under the hood enhancement to support better hardware features. as none of the WP7 sets support those features, the update is incredibly pointless.

the larger tiles are nice but hardly game changing.

neonspark said,
I'm in no rush. windows phone 8 is just an under the hood enhancement to support better hardware features. as none of the WP7 sets support those features, the update is incredibly pointless.

the larger tiles are nice but hardly game changing.

The way I see it is they could add more features to the platform that don't rely on the new hardware or Kernel. sure they may have to implement them slightly different but some things could be added as they are purely software with no direct hardware connection. Things like rooms, the way that maps can send directions to a navigation app, an update to office maybe where one note works as it should (mine will not sync at all with a one note stored notebook - eve after a full wipe of the phone and set up from scratch, it wont eve upload the default notebook to skydrive and gives no errors, just nothing).

duddit2 said,

The way I see it is they could add more features to the platform that don't rely on the new hardware or Kernel. sure they may have to implement them slightly different but some things could be added as they are purely software with no direct hardware connection. Things like rooms, the way that maps can send directions to a navigation app, an update to office maybe where one note works as it should (mine will not sync at all with a one note stored notebook - eve after a full wipe of the phone and set up from scratch, it wont eve upload the default notebook to skydrive and gives no errors, just nothing).

It seems that Rooms will make it to 7.8, along with the new start screen. But many things available in 8 won't make it (like the new multitasking), which are part of the core kernel in the Windows 8 family.

Richard Cousins said,
Wonder what's taking so long...

Focus on launching a new os, fixing some of the bugs and then getting hardware people to fix something for devices they have since stopped supporting and selling. (with the exception of Nokia)

Richard Cousins said,
Wonder what's taking so long...

Maybe a marketing strategy to push Windows Phone 8 first or they're still working on the features

Richard Cousins said,
Wonder what's taking so long...

My (high hoping) expectation is that the reaction shown by WP 7.5 owners made them think about adding a few more features to the build. Of course it could simply be a resources and priority issue and we may never know (seeing as no definitive list ever got released or a date).

Richard Cousins said,
Wonder what's taking so long...

I wonder if it's somehow connected to Skype replacing Messenger. Since Messenger is getting retired in 2013, and it's baked into WP7, they are may be replacing it with Skype, at least for text messages. Otherwise, WP7 users are left with no native messaging service and that joke of a Skype app.

Weissmeister said,

I wonder if it's somehow connected to Skype replacing Messenger. Since Messenger is getting retired in 2013, and it's baked into WP7, they are may be replacing it with Skype, at least for text messages. Otherwise, WP7 users are left with no native messaging service and that joke of a Skype app.

Microsoft very rarely just cuts the chord to services like Messenger. I'm sure the backend would be up and available for a bit...

Weissmeister said,

I wonder if it's somehow connected to Skype replacing Messenger. Since Messenger is getting retired in 2013, and it's baked into WP7, they are may be replacing it with Skype, at least for text messages. Otherwise, WP7 users are left with no native messaging service and that joke of a Skype app.

You are 'bit' off track.. The Messenger client software (like on Windows) is going away, the backend technologies of messenger are not going anywhere. Other Microsoft technologies use these from Lync and business features.

Additionally, Skype itself is moving to use more of the messenger backend, as Microsoft would like to get Skype away from the peer to peer model it uses that is less reliable and less secure.

This means that Messenger features shouldn't disappear anywhere, as even Skype is using them. The real question is if Microsoft will integrate more of Skype features into Windows Phone or just continue to use Windows Messenger for 7.8 specifically.

The loss of the Windows Messenger client is just that, the end of the client, not the infrastructure.